جمعه ۱۹ آذر ۱۳۹۵ تهران ۱۵:۰۸ - ۹ دسامبر ۲۰۱۶
Former Islamic president Hashemi Rafsanjani said the US policies were to blame for the September 11 terrorist attacks on the US, and added that Iran could not have stopped the hijackers from passing to Afghanistan. July 23, 2004 - Former president Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani dismissed the 9/11 commission’s findings about possible relations between the Islamic regime and the al-Qaeda terrorists.
"America has no choice but to blame another country for its failure in fighting terror and its failures in Afghanistan and Iraq” Rafsanjani said during a sermon at the official Friday prayer ceremony at the Tehran University.
“First of all, we don’t know whether they passed through Iran. . . . Every day thousands of people come and go. . . . Moreover, many can illegally cross the border. It has been always like this,” he said.
The September 11 Commission report on Thursday blamed Iran for facilitating the transit of eight to ten hijackers through Iran to Afghanistan, without stamping their passports.
“Suppose it is true that eight of them passed through Iran, but is it a case against Iran? How many other countries have they passed on their way to America,” he asked.